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braziliantraveller Aug 19th, 2006 07:43 PM

Babymoon in Thailand
I'm planning a 9-day trip to Thailand in Nov. This is gonna be our first time to Asia. We love beaches. Can you help us out? Any tips on how to "invest" this days, hotels, etc will be greatly appreciated.

rhkkmk Aug 19th, 2006 07:51 PM

you have to tell us some more...what budget are you working with?? thailand is very reasonable...

do you want beach, city or a combo...

9 day is not a long time so perhaps you should consider bangkok and one beach area...

what age group are you??

Lyndie Aug 19th, 2006 09:40 PM

If you can afford US250 a night then Sala Samui on Choeng Mon Beach is glorious. We ate there last night on a return visit and the food was excellent. The place is beautiful. Rates are available on Have not stayed there but viewed the rooms. Private plunge pools etc. Also Choeng Mon Bungalows at around US40 per night for the SK bungalows are very good value. The beach is the nicest on Samui. All the best!

Gpanda Aug 20th, 2006 04:24 AM

With 9 days, you can do BKK and either Northern Thailand or a beach. You could do all three, but would be extremely rushed. I would suggest BKK-3 days and Northern Thailand-4 days and BKK-2days. The beaches are beautiful, but not particularly Thai-centric. However, if you decide to go to a beach, the weather patterns dictate that Phuket, Krabi, Phi Phi or Khao Lak should be the destination. Ko Samui gets a lot of rain in November.

Kathie Aug 20th, 2006 08:09 AM

With a mere 9 days, you'll want to chose two locations. Bangkok and one other, either a northern Thai destination or a beach. Since you are going in November, if you opt for a beach, you'll want something in the Phuket area (Phuket. Krabi, Koh Lak, etc) or the Hua Hin area, but not in the Koh Samui area. The other option is to go north to Chaing Mai for a few days.

Since you are pregnant, you'll want to avoid any malarial-risk areas such as the Golden Triangle, or forested border areas (Pai, Mae Hong Son, etc) or nearby attractions such as the temples of Angkor or Luang Prabang, Laos.

braziliantraveller Aug 20th, 2006 09:35 AM

Thanks, guys. Yeah, I should be more specific..age group: 25-30. I had planned not to spend more than $100/night. We don't need anything fancy. But I would love it to be by the beach. A combo city: beach would be nice, but 70% of the time I would like to be at the beaches or doing some activity in the water.

Thank you.

JamesA Aug 20th, 2006 11:29 AM

In November Phuket, krabi, Koh lanta etc sound ideal for you, but to help you get ideas tell us if you want a quiet relaxing beach or island or whether you want a busy and lively place, Koh lanta is quiet, Kravi, great secenery but the best beaches are a little remote, Phuket has a choice of beaches from quiet to very lively, i.e Patong with lots of shopping, restaurants and beach fun, so give us an idea. November is the start of the high season.

braziliantraveller Aug 20th, 2006 06:13 PM

Quiet beach (not the Waikiki-type) and lively night. Is that possible?

JamesA Aug 20th, 2006 09:42 PM

Sounds like a couple of nights in Bangkok ( 'if' you are into big cities ) plus beach time.
Now, based on getting as close to quiet beach but lively at night Samui comes out quiet well ( Samui actualy gets less rain in November than Phuket but as to the 'number of rainy days' that can vary ) End of October and beginning of November is always a tricky time as it's the time that the seasons change, Phuket starts to dry up and Samui starts to get rain.
For both the later in November you can come the better so if you have felxibility on dates remember, the later the better.

Now beaches: Prices on Phuket go up from 1st November, absolute beachfront is not easy in your price range, many hotels and resorts are across roads from the beach and often quite a way from the beach or even up hills.
So if stepping from your room around the pool to soft sand is important you can be hard pushed to find anything on Phuket and still be within easy distance to lively evenings.
On that score Samui comes out better as you 'can' find nice places which are right on the beach but somewhat quiet and in the evenings be within easy reach of very lively nightlife and fun.

So come back and tell us if being right on the beach is important ( I am getting the idea that it will be, if you are into beach time the last thing you want is a long walk or having to transport to the beach and back) - if that's the case then Samui gains points as a very large choice of places right on the beach.

There are benefits to both areas, both are very tourist orientated with lots of restaurants plus activities, Samui has far more reasonable priced places 'right on the beach'.
There are other alternatives but if you are after the beach style tropical days then Samui / Phuket would probably be what you are after in age group etc. USD 100 a night in November would get you better accommodation on Samui than you could get on Phuket ( unless you were in a place well away from lively nights ).

JamesA Aug 20th, 2006 09:45 PM

If s ay a 20 minute road trip between quiet beach and lively area is ok let us know, can make a difference on suggestions.

JamesA Aug 20th, 2006 10:07 PM

To give you some ideas, the Impiana Koh Samui November would be in the USD 60-90 range, not too busy bout close enough to Chaweng for nightlife etc.

In that range you can get 'across the road to the beach' on Phuket in places sch as Karon Beach and Kata beach and be within 20 minutes of Patong which is the area for nightlife, you can find restaurants and bars around the other beaches but it tends really to be restaurants and bars, if you are into lively nightlife then Patong. Now you 'could' stay at the sound end of Patong, it is very busy but there are some quieter resorts like Coconut Village, perhaps 5 mins walk to the beach.

braziliantraveller Aug 21st, 2006 07:16 AM

Thank you so much.

Should I rent a car?

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